You can easily frame your day around world-class sightseeing. Less than a mile from the hotel, take in a Broadway hit, then join the crowds in glittering Times Square. Tour the luxury shops along Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue: Saks, Tiffany & Co; FAO Schwarz, and Barneys are all within 10 minutes by cab. Go the same distance to explore Rockefeller Center, with its wintertime skating rink and spectacular Top of the Rock Observation Deck. If districts beyond Midtown are calling, walk 5 minutes to Grand Central Terminal and catch a subway or bus.
When you've worked up an appetite, stop by the Fitzgerald's Wheeltapper Pub, named after railroad inspectors who literally tapped wheels. The pub is rich in Irish ambience, with dark-wood furnishings and authentic fare such as corned beef and cabbage and 8 types of draught beers. A courtyard with a heated deck offers pleasant outdoor seating. If you're on an Irish-themed holiday, indulge in a pub tour. The Blarney Stone Restaurant, O'Neill's Irish Pub, and Patrick Conway's Pub are all within a 5-minute walk. Need to work out? The hotel offers complimentary access to the New York Sports Club, 4 blocks away. Guest parking at the hotel is also available (surcharge).
Later, retreat to your guestroom, featuring a partial-canopy bed and brocade drapes. Marble bathrooms with designer toiletries and Irish terry robes let you freshen up in luxury. Watch a movie on the flat-screen TV, or catch up with friends via wireless Internet access (surcharge). In the morning, refuel with hearty Irish oatmeal at the Wheeltapper, or 24-hour room-service dining is available.